Babies are entirely dependent on their parents for survival; parents virtually provide all their baby needs from her food, warmness, and all the comfort she requests. A crying or screaming baby is virtually every parent’s nightmare, every parent wants a calm and happy child but sometimes your infant does not understand that. How do you calm a crying baby? Well, that is what I am about to show you in this article.
There are various ways to quiet a crying baby. However, really to be honest there is no escaping it babies would always cry, it is their method of communicating hunger, pain, fear, need to sleep, and many other needs. Although, it could be difficult trying to decipher why your baby is crying, and as your baby matures she will acquire better ways of communicating with you such as smiling, making sounds, or making eye contact.
Why your baby cry
Here are some common reasons babies cry and most probably the reason why your baby is crying:
- Your baby is hungry
This is the most common reasons babies cry, its best to be able to detect signs of hunger so you can feed your baby before the crying episode. Signs that could give you a hint your baby is hungry include lip smacking, placing their hands or objects in their mouth, and fussing. Etc.
- Your baby wants to be held
Babies love to cuddle, they love to always behold their parents face, listen to their voice and heartbeats. Crying can be your baby’s way of saying they want to be cuddled. You are not spoiling your baby by constantly holding them, its best for the initial months that you use a front carrier or sling.
- Your baby has teething pain
The teething experience could be quite an unpleasant experience for babies. It is more unpleasant for some babies than others but not all teething is a pleasant experience for all babies. If your baby appears to be in pain and you do not know why, use your fingers to feel his gum. You will likely notice there is a baby tooth developing. Usually, the first tooth of a baby comes out around 4 and 7 months, for some babies it could be earlier.
- Your baby is probably not feeling well
If after your baby’s essential needs have been met and the crying is still persistent then your baby may be feeling unwell. Be on the lookout for any symptoms of illness and do check your baby’s temperature. However, the cry of the baby feeling unwell appears to be different from the cry of a baby crying because of hunger or something else.
If you suspect the cry of your baby does not sound right, then you should see a doctor.
- Your baby is crying because of something that is uneasily noticeable
Your baby could be crying due to something disturbing, such as a strand of hair bound around a toe or finger preventing circulation. Although, some babies can be particularly susceptible to things such as uncomfortable clothing or fabric.
- Your baby is either feeling hot or cold
When you remove your baby’s clothing to change a diaper or clean her bottom, she may react by crying to a cold feeling. Infants like to be wrapped up and kept warm; babies are more likely to react to being too cold rather than being too warm.
- Your baby needs to sleep
Rather than just nod off to sleep, babies find it easier to fuss and cry, most probably, they are very tired.
- Your baby needs a diaper change
Some babies react by crying to let you know they need a diaper change, some babies might take a while to react. Anyway, this is easy to check and solve.
How do you calm a crying baby?
Babies cannot speak, therefore cannot communicate their displeasure in words. To calm a crying baby, be sure to check all the possible reasons your baby could be crying. It is also important to note that as you progress with your baby, you will begin to understand her personality and would know what method works best for her. Here are some suggestions that can help you quiet a crying baby and to help her sleep well at night:
- Give your baby a warm bath
A warm bath can help quiet your baby, the temperature of the water should be around 37 degree Celsius to 38 degree Celsius, use your elbow to feel the water. It should feel lukewarm.
It is important to know that not all babies relish the feeling of being in the water, and a bath may make some babies cry more.
- Gently rock your baby
Almost all babies love to be mildly rocked in a chair, baby swing, or while you are walking around. A ride in your car or a baby pushchair could help too.
- Give your baby a massage or a tummy rub
Mildly rub the back or tummy of your baby in the clockwise motion using massage oils or cream. Giving your baby a regular massage would reduce her tendency to cry. The most appropriate time to massage your baby is when she is settled.
- Use a different feeding position
Some babies tend to cry during feeding and even after feeding. Tweaking the way your baby is fastened to you can improve her feeding, it eases the way she feeds and eliminates her crying.
- Give your baby something to suck on
In the case of some babies, the urge to suck is intense. You could allow your baby suck on your breast for ease. You could improvise with a dummy toy; some babies might not need a dummy. This can be considered as a helpful alternative.
It is not uncommon for babies to cry so do not get all worked up if your baby refuses to calm down. If after you have met all the basic needs of a baby and crying persists, you can be sure you have done your best. A constantly crying baby might not pose any form of danger to the baby but could put you the parents under a lot of stress. Sometimes parents just have to accept the fact they have a crying baby.
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